Lunch on the Cheap
1 THAT’S A WRAP
Lip-smacking and luxuriously smoky, the towered wraps at Berto Osteria are becoming such a marvel that they might as well be a hundred feet each. Indulge in a two-tower steak wrap packed with Certified Angus Beef, rapini, zucchini, peppers and mozzarella for $9.95, and you’ll be soaring through the rest of the workday.
6150 Highway 7, Woodbridge | 905-264-2177
2 SEASONALLY YOURS
Gilead Café and Bistro, a brainchild of Canada’s culinary crackerjack Jamie Kennedy, keeps things fresh and feisty with an evolving menu loaded with seasonally inspired dishes. Dig your spoon into its ever-changing and ever-tasty Soup of the Day, which at $9 ranges from spring’s Wild Leek to late summer’s Chilled Cucumber and Pea.
4 Gilead Place, Toronto | 647-288-0680
3 ROCKIN’ ROLLS
Looking for your next fix? Sushi addicts, be warned. Thanks to owner Justin Kim, who studied Japanese cuisine in Korea, this small sushi counter delivers taste and quality in a big way. Whether it’s Spicy Tuna, Dynamite or Veggie Tempura take-out, there’s a featured roll every day for just $3.99.
5731 Highway 7, Vaughan | 905-265-8808
4 GATHER ROUND
Operating with three generations of bagel-crafting experience, What A Bagel knows how to ban hunger on a budget. Whether you’re craving bread (try the pumpernickel bagel, a customer crush) or brawn (its White Albacore Tuna Classic is a popular pick), find your favourite among the oodles of menu items under $10!
9330 Bathurst St., Vaughan | 905-417-5600
5 THAI’M IMPRESSED
Head out for lunch early today — this Thai hub packs up fast! And with its daily $6.99 lunch combo, it’s no wonder. Crunch your cravings with the abundance of exotic dishes bursting with flavour, from the sunny Fresh Mango Salad to the adventurous Kung Pow Shrimp. Impressed? Don’t hesitate to come back — the menu’s always alternating between 18 lunch combinations!
40 Innovation Dr., Unit 13, Woodbridge | 905-265-1122
6 POETIC PATTIES
At the end of August, this Toronto hot spot is opening shop in Vaughan, where burger lovers can satisfy their carnivorous cravings by chowing down on creative (and drool-worthy!) patty stacks. We’re talking the likes of The Big Bad Wolf, The Depressed Cow and its signature The Holy Chuck burger, each $9.99 or under.
4421 Highway 7, Vaughan | www.holychuckburgers.com
7 FROM ROME WITH LOVE
Think outside the big-chain pizza box and grab a slice of “true Roman-style” pizza. Inventive combinations of fresh ingredients mingle to create customer favourites like the Carbonara pizza, inspired by the classic Roman pasta. You pick the cut size of your slice and price is based on weight — average slices float around four bucks. 28 Roytec Rd., Unit 12A, Woodbridge
905-264-2121 | www.crpizza.ca
8 GUIDING LIGHT
Craving home-cooked? The hot table at Lanterna Restaurant, starting at $8.95, is simmering with your best-loved Italian comfort foods — think pastas, pizzas and an oh-so-tasty assortment of gourmet sandwiches. Load up your plate and warm up your day with these dishes made with heart.
445 Edgeley Blvd., Concord | 905-761-5217
9 QUICHE CRUSH
Not just a sweet lover’s haven, the Cookie Crumble Café will charm the mid-day stress out of your system with its heartwarming Lorraine or Leek and Mushroom personal-sized quiches. Made from scratch and preservative free, these creations will bring a smile to your wallet, too, at just $7.95.
10480 Islington Ave., Unit 9, Kleinburg | 905-893-2250
10 NEED A BOOST?
Having lunch at your desk again? Grab a High Impact Acai smoothie ($7.40) for an instant pick-me-up. Packed with berries, vanilla frozen yogurt and whey protein, this shake will curb your hunger and satisfy your taste buds.
3621 Major Mackenzie Dr., Unit 1, Vaughan | 905-832-0088